Like many other people in the UK, I am aware that our health, education and transport infrastructures are stressed to the point of failure, we have a large number of unemployed people, a housing crisis, an energy policy which is likely to lead to power cuts within two years and a defence policy that leaves the country defenceless. Add to that a huge national debt (which is still rising), high taxation, a benefit/credit system that means the majority (53%) are dependent in some way on the state and an austerity programme that just isn’t working and its clear to see the country needs to change….and quickly.
Where will this change come from? Labour, Tory and LibDem politicians are cut from the same cloth. Well groomed, versed in PR, most have never had a proper job and not much to chose between in their political differences. I can’t see them as drivers of change. However, I do see UKIP as a possible driver of change. I like their policies; they seem to be common sense to me and directly tackle the problems in the UK. So I am going to vote for them at the next General Election. You may disagree or agree with me but please don’t call me racist or xenophobic. I’m not.
Below are some points about UKIP’s beliefs taken from the UKIP website. Note I’ve edited them down to the main issues to fit the ideal of a blog but you can see the full version at UKIP’s site.
1 Restore Self Government & Democracy
• Commissioners in Brussels dictate 75% of our laws. None can be repealed by Parliament. We cannot vote for those who make these laws – we cannot remove them.
• EU controls Immigration, Business and Employment, Financial Services, Fishing, Farming, Law and Order, Energy and Trade. It seeks now to control Foreign Affairs and Tax.
• The British people must decide through an immediate referendum if we stay in the EU or to come out and claw back independent power over our national life. We do not have to be ruled by this regime to work with our European neighbours who depend on us for their markets.
• Abolish the EU’s bureaucratic VAT and replace it with a local sales tax to support Local Government finance and to make it
accountable at the ballot box.
• Give the public power to require binding local and national referenda on major issues.
2 Rebuild Prosperity
• By leaving the EU we save over £45m a day plus £60bn a year due to EU trade barriers, business regulation, waste, fraud,
administration costs and the destruction of our fishing industry.
• According to Open Europe EU business regulations cost over £20bn a year. Abolish those determined not essential by a
commission appointed by Parliament.
• Take 4.5 million of low incomes out of tax altogether with a simple, flat rate income tax. With a threshold set at minimum wage.
• Financial services yield £61bn in tax revenues or 12% of the UK total. Exclude the City from EU controls.
• Public spending is increasing and the Coalition’s cuts do not scratch the surface of Labour’s deficit. We must cut down Government if we are to return to a sound economy.
• EU ‘renewable’ energy rules will double electricity bills by 2020. Global warming is not proven – wind power is futile. Scrap all green taxes, wind turbine subsidies and adopt nuclear power to free us from dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil and gas.
• Quangos cost us £60bn each year – at least half the cost of the NHS. Bring them under Parliament’s control and cut the cost substantially.
• Cut taxes on small businesses and abolish the tax on work – Employers’ National Insurance.
• Make real and rigorous cuts in foreign aid and replace with free trade.
3 Protect Our Borders & Defend Our Country
• Freeze permanent immigration for 5 years. Immigrants must be fluent in English, have minimum education levels and show they can financially support themselves.
• Bring in a points based visa system and time limited work permits.
• The State must defend its peoples. Keep our nuclear deterrent and make increased defence spending a clear priority, even in these difficult times, to underpin Britain’s global role.
4 Safeguards Against Crime
• No cuts to front line policing
• Make sentences mean what they say – life must mean life.
• Scrap the European Arrest Warrant.
• Repeal the Human Rights Act to end abuses by convicted criminals and illegal immigrants.
• Free the police force from the straitjacket of political correctness and ‘targets’.
5 Care And Support For All
• Assure for all people prompt and caring treatment in ill health.
• Radically simplify NHS management and set up locally elected County Health Boards.
• Launch partnerships with the private and charity sectors to increase efficiency and choice and bring in health care vouchers for those who wish to opt out of the NHS.
• Give parents school vouchers to allow them to choose their children’s schools.
• Support grammar schools and vocational education.
• End the 50% university target for school leavers , scrap tuition fees and reintroduce student grants.
• Roll all State pensions and benefits into a simple, substantial Citizen’s Pension.
• Ensure that benefits are only for those who have lived here for over 5 years. Make welfare a safety net for the needy, not a bed for the lazy.
6 Our Way Of Life
• The law of the land must be single and apply to us all. We oppose any other system of law.
• End the ban on smoking in allocated rooms in public houses, clubs and hotels.